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Physics (Specification A) OCR A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

Several skills are required for success in Physics at A Level – in particular, the ability to work independently and be self-motivated. The course also represents a significant step up from the mathematical requirements at GCSE with more than 40 % of exam questions mathematical requirement.

Note that the course also requires attendance at additional tutorial sessions after school for some students; a commitment to attend these sessions is a prerequisite for acceptance. 

Course content

Much of the A Level Physics course builds directly from GCSE Physics, or GCSE Additional Science, developing much greater depth of understanding of the topics studied.

These topics include Newton’s Laws of Motion, Energy, Momentum, Moments, Circular Motion, Electrical circuits, Alternating current, Nuclear radiation, Nuclear Energy, Wave Properties, Material properties.

There is also the opportunity to study aspects of Physics that are not approached at GCSE.

These topics include Particle Physics, Quantum Phenomena, Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Capacitance and Oscillating Systems and Astrophysics

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade (9-5) and Maths grade (9-6) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including A* - B in Physics or Additional Science.

Maths must be studied at least to A Level. The preferred Maths option is Maths (Mechanics).

Future opportunities

This course is an excellent foundation for many higher education courses, including Engineering, Computing, Medical based courses (including Veterinary Science and Medical Engineering), as well as Physics and Maths based degrees. 

Further information

Special Activities:

Possible visit to the Rutherford nuclear laboratory in year 12 and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in year 13. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingdown School directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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